Driver killed in Nimbin accident

By NERIDA BLOK

A 31-YEAR-OLD Port Macquarie man was killed yesterday in a single car accident outside Nimbin.

Inspector Glenn Gilbert, of the Richmond Local Area Command, said he believed the crash happened sometime between 11am and 1.30pm, when the Holden Barina was discovered in a drain at Nimbin Road, about one kilometre south of Shipway Road.

Inspector Gilbert said the cause was unclear but could not rule out fatigue.

"It appears the vehicle has drifted off to the eastern road shoulder and collided with a tree," he said.

He said the vehicle was discovered in the drain, which couldn't be seen from the road, by a passer-by at 1.30pm yesterday.

Inspector Gilbert said receipts found in the car pointed to the accident occurring between 11am and 1.30pm.

He said police could not release the name of the victim last night as relatives were still being notified.

"At this stage we're preparing a case for the Coroner," he said. "The person will undergo a post-mortem and a full report will be prepared for the Coroner."

At this stage there were no witnesses. Police are calling for anyone who may have seen a white Holden Barina travelling along Nimbin Road between the hours of 11am and 1.30pm yesterday to contact the police crash investigation unit at Ballina Police Station on 6681 8699.



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